Technology, Management and Budget
The primary objective of the program is to secure competitive integrated employment for interns upon completion of the program. To that end, the State of Michigan supports the hire to a classified or unclassified position of those interns that have successfully completed the program; the following information is provided to assist work areas with that process:
Upon successful completion of the Project SEARCH internship, the intern is eligible for hire into some permanent positions such as a General Office Assistant or Laborer. These types of positions are typically full time, working 40 hours per week and offering full benefits. After consulting with other Michigan Project SEARCH Program administrators, we learned it may not be realistic to expect all interns to transition from the Project SEARCH internship to a full-time 40 hour per week job. Therefore, we created the new Project SEARCH Worker classification which is a non-career, part time, no-benefits classification that provides the intern a transition period from a Project SEARCH intern to potentially a full-time career position in the future.
The process to hire a Project SEARCH intern is the same that is used to fill any other position. The typical steps to fill positions include:
Be assured there are many resources available to provide continued support, as necessary, to both the work site and the intern after hire.